Comedy has existed with the human spirit as far back as humans began writing the first plays and stories. Comedy and laughing at other peoples’ situations has always been a very good way to tell an entertaining story. Yet, at the same time, it can be an effective way to share lessons about life and the human condition. The “comic spirit” takes many forms throughout human civilization and several classic examples can be seen in Roman and Greek comedies. Greek comedies often create humor from the conflicts created by stereotypes and imbalances. For example, the play Lisistrata has a main character who is a woman who tries to stop the Peloponnesian War by convincing all the women of Athens to stop having sex with their husbands. Taking place during a period when women did not have power in society (compared to men), this Greek comedy used the imbalances of women to create a funny story while at the same time as making a statement against war. A more modern comedy that uses imbalances and stereotypes to create humor is the movie “Bringing Down the House” starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. The humor in this movie is created by the use of multiple stereotypes, imbalances and ultimate role reversals of a white, wealthy male and a black, ex-convict female who first meet each other in an Internet chat room. There are also contrasts between young and old people. Although the imbalances and stereotypes throughout the movie create funny situations, it may have a negative side effect because it takes advantage of racial, gender and age stereotypes, which may be insulting or hurtful to some people, just to get a laugh.
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Humor is when an object or phrase is considered funny or hilarious. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the definitions of humor is, “something that is or is designed to be comical or amusing.” What people find funny differs because there are so many types of humors that can be expressed in different ways. Humor will often lead to laughter, but some people may find a subject amusing while others may find it offensive. It can be making a racial slur or even a Yo Mama joke. Humor can be expressed in ink, as digital products, or in our everyday lives.
A world without comedy would be similar to a butter knife, it's dull, useless, and achieves very little. The world would be filled with impolite and obnoxious people. Comedy helps keep the flow of the world going. It allows people to laugh at one another and shrug off rude comments at the same time. It also creates a casual environment. Comedy is everywhere and it helps the world be a little less boring. Comedy can be found on televisions, the internet, and books, only to name a few. Comedy creates the illusion that things will get better; however, comedy gets better by making the situation worse. There are many types of comedy and some are: satire, farce, and one-liners. The definition of comedy is any story or event of a light, humorous nature that has a happy ending. One place where there was a reoccurring theme of comedy was in the movie Pure Luck. Three characteristics of comedy found in the movie were that logic and standard solutions do not always work in comical plots, comedy focuses on the irregularities in an otherwise orderly world, and comical characters consider the abnormal to be very normal.
Laughter can be used for many things. In Laughing Matters, writers Jimmy Carr and Lucy Greeves say, “Jokes have this wonderful potential to create moments of social informality, a sort of leveling out of the teller’s and hearer’s very unequal roles.” (pg. 48) No matter what walks of life that the joke teller and the audience come from, no matter their skin color or background, comedy can shed light onto issues that most have a hard time talking about. They can bring a new perspective to controversial issues, and create dialogue between people groups.
I have always been funny. In fact, I was voted “Most Likely to be a Comedian” by my peers in eighth grade, a feat which I regretfully omitted from the “Activities and Achievements” section of this application. In my experience, humor loses its “funny value” when broken down and analyzed, however the process of reflecting on my own wit helped me realize that my preceding statement is exactly what I’d like to write about. The fact that humor isn’t typically explored beyond the punch line contributes to its shallow perception. When one thinks of the word “comedy”, raunchy stand-up routines and exasperated sitcoms that should have ended four seasons ago come to mind for most, however I believe this is an incredibly one dimensional viewpoint. It’s
In everyday life, one experiences hilarious and giggling moments especially when one drops funny utterances also known as Humor. Humor, the quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech, is inevitable, and in no way, escapable. It makes one’s life more bearable, exciting and worthwhile. An American poet named Criss Jami even describer humor as:
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Comedy is like a dessert, which it is a joy to behold, and a keenly awaited item that always excites me. In my book, there is an appealing charm about this approachable art, as it spans a range of works, from an amusing TV program to a hilarious fiction, owing to those either comic burlesques or ridiculous fantasies, they could help people blot out the pain of real life temporarily, in the meantime laugh heartily.
However, it can be presented in various ways, with the audience either responding positively or negatively to the joke. The different types of comedy can be a hit-or-miss depending on the person, and each comedic style appeals to a different aspect of human personality. Therefore, a person’s preferences for humor can determine who they are as an individual. Family-friendly comedy signifies a family member, a child, or someone of innocence. “Potty” humor indicates someone young and immature at heart. Insult humor is designed for those who can find humor at the expense of their personal pride and stigma. Dark humor is reserved for optimists who have the tendency to cross lines. In the end, comedy is simply a means for people to laugh and find peace in the midst of all the disarray in